Federal strike force sent to Amarillo to respond to surge in coronavirus cases at meatpacking plants in the area.

  • The task force will first focus on Potter County which has roughly four times the infection rate of Harris (Houston area) and Dallas counties.
  • The announcement was made on Saturday. Amarillo Mayer Ginger Nelson says the task force will “arrive in the Texas Panhandle as soon as Sunday”.
  • The task force will take over testing and investigations of new cases.
  • 684 people have been infected in Potter County, an infection rate of 5.66 per 100 residents.
  • Nearby Moore County, home to the JBS Beef meatpacking plant, has an even higher infection rate of 16.65 per 1,000 residents.
  • “Meat and poultry plants nationwide have emerged as incubators for coronavirus spread. More than a dozen have been forced to shut down temporarily as the number of cases and deaths tied to those facilities rose; others have scrambled to ramp up health and safety precautions in facilities where meatpackers often must work shoulder to shoulder.”